The Workforce Narrative project, a two-year initiative funded by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, examined new ways of thinking about workforce development, and the challenges presented by lacking attention from policymakers to this critical system. As part of the project, this paper presents a comprehensive view of workforce development, including common pitfalls in considering the effectiveness of workforce development interventions.

January 1, 2008

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The downside of conventional wisdom about workforce development.

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    What is meant by workforce development, including key functions of the system.

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    The common faults with measuring the effectiveness of workforce development interventions.

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    A literature review of workforce development effectiveness, including impact on employers and participants in the system.

Key Takeaway

Workforce Development Works

Evidence demonstrates that workforce development – when considered from different vantage points and perspectives, and when measured appropriately – does, indeed, work.

Findings & Stats

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